imageMale Short-eared Owl in evening light- Nikon D200, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The nicknames for Short-eared Owls are many and include Evening Owl, Mouse-hawk, Marsh Owl, Bog Owl and Flat-faced Owl but I just call them Shorties in the field. Short-eared Owls are active both day and night and can be seen hunting low over the ground. They have a floppy almost moth-like flight which often times helps me ID them from a long distance. The males are paler than the females and often have fewer stripes on the breast.

This beautiful male Short-eared Owl in evening light was photographed in the Centennial Valley of Montana several years ago. He appears to be molting.


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